The Lloydminster Fire Department wants you to check your smoke detector.
In a news release issued by the municipal government on Thursday, the fire department reminded the public about the upcoming Fire Prevention Week, which will be running from October 9 to October 15.
The theme of the week, according to the release, is “Don’t Wait-Check the Date”. The release mentioned that research has shown that members of the public have misconceptions about the way smoke alarms work, which could possibly put them at risk in the event of a fire in their home.
With that in mind, the week is focusing on three key messages.
The first is that smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Making sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home is also important. To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
“We’re continuing to educate the public about the basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. Having functioning smoke alarms properly positioned around the home is the best defense against loss of life and property,” said Jordan Newton, Fire Chief, in the release.
“We also encourage families to have a fire escape plan that includes best exit routes and a meeting area outside the home.”
The Lloydminster Fire Department will also be conducting door-to-door residential inspections throughout Fire Prevention Week, checking smoke alarms, furnaces, electrical hazards and other areas for home fire safety. Voluntary inspections are schedule to occur between 7-9 p.m. Members of the Lloydminster Fire Department will be carrying proper identification.
The department also invited members of the public to their annual open house on Thursday, October 13, at Fire Station No.2. The station is located at 2716 59 Avenue, near the Bud Miller Park entrance, and the open house will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.